First doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrive in North Carolina

Posted at 9:55 AM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 10:04:14-05

On Monday morning, Gov. Roy Cooper said the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in North Carolina.

He said it is a limited supply for now.

The vaccine distribution follows the Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA and a formal recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over the weekend. The first Americans began receiving Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

On Sunday, the CDC issued a recommendation for the vaccine, giving health care professionals to start distributing shots to those that want them.

Pfizer's vaccine requires two doses, which need to be taken 28 days apart. Everyone who receives an initial dose on Monday will need to return next month to complete the process.

Cooper tweeted saying, "This is a remarkable achievement for science and health. We all need to keep wearing a mask and acting responsibly while we get as many people vaccinated as fast as we can."